The novel is a long essay consisting of a series of stories about several characters in a particular setting. Novels can come from the results of imagination as well as true stories experienced by the author or others.
However, even if it is taken from a true story, most novels will still contain elements of the author’s imagination so it can be said that almost the entire novel presents a fictional story. In Indonesia, there are now more and more fiction novels that come by presenting various genres and interesting stories that can entertain their readers.
Here are some recommendations for Indonesian fiction novels that present interesting stories and are worth reading.
Indonesian Fiction Novel Recommendation Update & June Translation
The Chronicles of Narnia #1: The Magician`s Nephew
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
the land where the Talking Animals live… where the witch waits… and a new world will take shape. In an adventure to save someone, two companions are forced into another world, where
an evil witch intends to enslave them. However, Aslan the Lion sang a song that made a new land created, a land that later became known as Narnia. And in Narnia, anything is possible…
Little Prince: Le Petit Prince
The Little Prince is among the most translated books in the world. It is said to have been adapted into 230 foreign languages. This book is indeed amazing. It seems to be a children’s story, but it is actually enjoyed and pondered by adults as well.
Through the story of a child who observes the world with naïve and innocent eyes, Saint-Exupéry touches on some of the most basic human values and experiences, such as power, responsibility, and love. This heartwarming and deep fairy tale is among the unforgettable masterpieces of world literature.
Nyanyian Achilles (The Song of Achilles)
Greece in the days of heroes. Patroclus, a clumsy young prince, was exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son, Achilles. They grew into capable young men in the art of war and medicine, and their closeness developed into a deeper relationship—though strongly opposed by Achilles’ mother Thetis, the cruel goddess of the sea.
Then news broke that Helen from Sparta had been kidnapped. Indecisive between fear and affection for his best friend, Patroclus went with Achilles to Troy, without realizing that the following years would be a test for all they cared about .
Student Hidjo (EYD: Student Hijo) is a 1918 novel by Marco Kartodikromo. The novel was originally published in serial form in Sinar Hindia, then republished in book form by Masman & Stroink in 1919.
Student Hidjo was written when Kartodikromo was imprisoned. This novel tells the story of Hidjo, a Javanese student who is sent to the Netherlands to study and fall in love with a Dutch woman. Another plot parallel to the main story tells the romance of the Dutch administrator, Willem Walter. Written in Malay, this novel is one of the works of Javanese writers who helped popularize the word “me” as the first person’s personal pointing word.
The novel depicts the new youth culture of Indonesia that adopts Western culture and language. The element is considered Kartodikromo as an additional simile. The values of traditional Javanese culture and Dutch culture are compared and Kartodikromo argues that the two cannot complement each other. The value includes the love described in this novel as something that can only be found by people with Dutch education, while traditional people see marriage as a way of achieving social mobility.
In a small alley in Tokyo, there is an old café that can take visitors to explore time. The magic of the café attracted a woman who wanted to turn back the clock to make up with her lover, a nurse who wanted to read a letter that her husband who had not had time to give her husband who sick, an older brother who wants to see his sister for the last time, and a mother who wants to meet a child she may never know.
But there are many rules to keep in mind. One, they must remain seated in a predetermined seat. Two, whatever they do in the time they are visiting will not change the reality of the present. Three, they have to finish the special coffee served before the coffee is cold. The barrage of other regulations did not stop those people from traveling through time. But if their departure doesn’t change a single thing today, is it worth it all?
Indonesian Fiction Novel Recommendations Update & February Translation
The Magic of Namiya Grocery Store
When three young hooligans hide in an uninhabited grocery store after committing a theft, a mysterious letter is suddenly tucked into the store through a mail hole. A letter containing a request for advice.
It’s really weird. However, the strange letter turns out to take them on an adventure across time, replacing the role of the grandfather of the grocery store owner who spent his later years giving sincere advice to people who ask for help. Just for one night. And as dawn approaches, the lives of the three companions will never be the same again…
Jenu 301 is a child raised by a state government agency called the NC Center. He conducted a search for potential people called Parent’s Interview or PAINT. Unfortunately, every candidate he meets only wants to benefit from the government, not sincerely to nurture him.
Amid skepticism, Jenu 301 is met by prospective new parents who work as writers and painters. Although it seems simple, but Jenu 301 can see the other side of his future parents. And unexpectedly, they openly told about the injuries given by their parents when they were young. Can Jenu 301 be adopted with her future parents? And can Jenu 301 leave the NC Center that has been raising her?
Noveli’s Murder Notes Noveli
Bestselling novelist Hidaka Kunihiko was found dead in his home the night before he left Japan to move to Canada. His body was found in his locked study in his home which was also locked by his wife and best friend. Both have strong alibis. Maybe. Detective Kaga Kyoichiro who investigated the murder case found that Hidaka’s relationship with his best friend, Nonoguchi Osamu, was not as told by Nonoguchi.
But the question that bothers Kaga the most is not who or how, but why. It was from there that the detective and the murderer fought to reveal the truth about their respective versions of the past and present . And if Kaga fails to uncover the killer’s true motives , the truth will not be fully revealed. Malice is the best-selling and most acclaimed novel from Keigo Higashino’s Detective Kaga series.
The Midnight Library
Between life and death is a library whose number of books is infinite. Each book provides one opportunity to try another life that can be lived so you can see what happens if you make decisions—different decisions …
Would you do anything differently if you got a chance to undo your regrets? Is it true that another life will be much better? Nora Seed had to make a decision. He was faced with the possibility of being able to change his life, have a different career, not break up from an ex-lover, realize his dream as a glaciologist.
He scours the Midnight Library to decide what exactly makes life worth living. After a life filled with various regrets and failures, will Nora Seed finally get a life that can bring her true happiness?